Old Punkers Alert – Historic Reunion, Rare Solo Sets & More In Store At Dez Cadena Benefit


Dez Cadena with Flag at Redondo Beach Moose Lodge, April 2013. Photo by Elise Thompson.

Dez Cadena – former member of Black Flag, Redd Kross, DC3, Bulimia Banquet, Vida, and countless other bands, most recently seen touring with the Misfits and Flag – is one of those rare punk rock pioneers for whom  everyone has a kind word. He’s a lot of peoples’ favorite voice of Black Flag, a deep throat monotone howl that powered “Six Pack”, “American Waste” and “I’ve Heard It Before.” But he’s also highly spoken of as a great guy, a friendly face and an energetic participant who makes music happen.

So it’s no surprise that some heavy friends are turning out for two nights at Cafe Nela to help Cadena out, during his recovery from cancer treatment.

The bill on Saturday, November 21 reads like an SST Records family reunion, with sets from Husker Du’s Grant Hart, Saccharine Trust and Mike Watt, along with the re-ignited Alley Cats and old-school collective Carnage Asada (another band whose early lineup included Cadena in its ranks). On Sunday, November 22, we’ll see the first appearance by the Tourists – which featured a pre-Red Cross Steven and Jeff McDonald and pre-Circle Jerks/ Bad Religion Greg Hetson – since they performed at the infamous Polliwog Park show in 1979 where picnicking families threw their lunches at Black Flag. Keith Morris, who was handling the mic for Black Flag that afternoon, will also appear, along with the Rikk Agnew Band, Cadena’s DC3 partner and keyboard king Paul Roessler, Backbiter, PRV13 and Landfill. Tickets for both days are now available for $20, and selling fast. With Dezo in the room – even in spirit – expect a friendly vibe in the room and raw intensity from the stage.

From the Cafe Nela Events page:

Saturday November 21
The Alleycats 8pm
Carnage Asada 9pm
Saccharine Trust 10pm
Mike Watt and the Missingmen 11pm
Grant Hart 12mid
$20 cover, doors at 7pm
Advance tickets at: http://dezo1.eventbrite.com/

Sunday November 22
Landfill 6pm
Backbiter 7pm
Keith Morris 7:50pm
The Tourists 8pm
Rikk Agnew Band 9pm
Paul Roessler 10pm
PRV13 11pm
$20 cover, doors at 5PM.
Advance tickets at: http://dezo2.eventbrite.com/

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3 Responses to Old Punkers Alert – Historic Reunion, Rare Solo Sets & More In Store At Dez Cadena Benefit

  1. Renee G says:

    🙁 I’m not in LA for this! I’ll buy a ticket anyway 🙂 Love you Dezzo! Good luck and rock on! xxx

  2. my early intro to punk rock included good ol dezo nice guy an always friendliy. lets get this right for a guy that always did, he deserves it love ya bro

  3. Daniel Lalic says:

    One real good human being with lots of true qualities wish you best of everything

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